Master Bedroom


A ground floor master bedroom was not unusual for the time. You will also notice that this House has been designed with closets, whereas many of this era were not and required wardrobes in bedrooms. The bedroom furnishings reflect the needs of a middle-class family.

For the gentleman, a "highboy" dresser on which to place a razor and toiletry accessories. The leather strop was used to keep a straight razor sharp. For the lady, a low mirrored dresser on which she would keep hair curling tongs, brushes, glove stretchers (for just washed leather gloves), boot button hook, hat pins and other toiletry items.

A lady's evening clothes lie on the bed ready for an outing to the opera or a concert. In the round leather box on the bed is a detachable collar for a man's shirt – the latter might last several days longer without laundering if a clean collar was added every day.

Notice the short bed. Respiratory disorders were common so adults slept propped up. In the corner a baby bassinet is ready for the newest arrival, who would have slept in the parent's room for many months.

A chamber pot can be seen, as well as a wash basin and water jug on the washstand. Although this House was hooked up to water mains not long after it was built, it had the drawback of only one upstairs bathroom for eight inhabitants.

Look for:

  1. Gustav Roedde's fashionable moustache in the portrait
  2. The staged "studio" photograph of Gustav and Matilda – a courting photo using a "prop" boat (considered a romantic novelty theme)
  3. Decorative porcelain powder box and hair saver

Use North door to access the Den

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